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  • 3 Views on How Long a Sermon Should Be

    07/30/2014 2:02:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/30/2014 | Thom S. Rainer
    What is the trend? Are church members and church leaders saying sermons should be longer or shorter? The answer is "yes." If my answer is confusing, I understand. But the reality is there are two major trends taking place related to sermon length. I have been following these trends through anecdotal information and social media polls for three years. There are growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be longer. There are also growing numbers of respondents who believe sermons should be shorter. And there aren't many people in the middle of those two divergent views. By the way,...
  • chaseGodtv

    07/30/2014 4:24:30 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 5 replies
    chaseGodtv ^ | 7-30-14
    You will find this guy VERY good. Talking about topics that many Christians talk about...but in the privacy of their home. These are things that we ALL NEED to talk about.
  • Müller: "These Theories Are Radically Mistaken"

    07/29/2014 6:11:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/29/14 | Sandro Magister
    The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith refutes the ideas of those who want to permit second marriages with the first spouse still alive. He is backed up by Cardinal Sebastián, who also disagrees with Cardinal Kasper. But whose side is Pope Francis on?ROME, July 29, 2014 – In a book-length interview recently released simultaneously in Italy, Spain, and the United States, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, revisits and develops what he had already reiterated last fall in an article in “L'Osservatore Romano” that made a sensation:...
  • Promises (Between a Mother and her son

    07/28/2014 4:22:12 PM PDT · by girlangler · 3 replies
    Facebook ^ | May 2010 (Mother's Day) | Rodney Elrod
    Today is my youngest brother's birthday. He died a week before his 51st birthday. In his honor, and to show what kind of person he was, I thought I'd share something he wrote for our Mother's Day in 2010 for her, while she was dying of esophageal cancer. "Promises (Between a Mother and a Son)" Dear Mother, When I was conceived, you promised to bring me into this world healthy. And you did. When I was young, you promised to love me and nurture me. And you did. When things got rough, and you were all alone, you promised to...
  • Meeting 200 Pentecostals, Pope Francis renews friendship, talks unity

    07/28/2014 2:52:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    The Boston Pilot ^ | July 28, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis walks onstage with Giovanni Traettino, a Protestant pastor and his friend, in Caserta, Italy, July 28. Pope Francis said he knew people would be shocked that he would make such a trip outside of Rome to visit a group of Pentecostals, "but I went to visit my friends." (CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters) VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- His voice breaking with emotion, Giovanni Traettino, a Pentecostal pastor in southern Italy and longtime friend of Pope Francis, welcomed the pope, "my beloved brother," to his partially built church in Caserta. Pope Francis said he knows some people were...
  • Women With Down Syndrome Respond to God’s Call

    07/28/2014 2:27:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | July 26, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life.This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome. The community depends on other sisters who do not have Down Syndrome, but who have committed to share their lives with these lovely, holy women.The community was founded in 1985 with the support and encouragement of Jerome Lejeune, the French pediatrician and geneticist whose laboratory...
  • Why do Protestant lay people hate clergy?

    07/26/2014 4:41:46 AM PDT · by michaelwlf3 · 929 replies
    I am coming up on my first year as an ordained minister in a continuing Anglican church, and I have noticed that participating on political forums (even when the topic is religious) I find that my opinions and postings more often than not generate more hatred than anything else. Among the things I often hear are that the laity are the real priests and that I am a Pharisee, that my vocation disqualifies me from offering an opinion on anything Christian because I am too narrow minded, and (my personal favorite) because I look too Catholic I must be a...
  • Against Walter Kasper (II)

    07/25/2014 7:45:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/25/14 | Ross Douthat
    Back in May, I offered some general comments on the question of communion for divorced and remarried Catholics — which looms over the Synod on the Family scheduled for this autumn in Rome, and may represent one of the defining controversies of Pope Francis’s pontificate — and then wrote what was intended to be the first of two posts addressing Cardinal Walter Kasper’s high-profile case for admitting the remarried to the sacrament. That post offered theological and sociological reasons to be skeptical of Kasper’s broad suggestion, offered in an interview with the editors of Commonweal, that Catholic marriage generally is...
  • Pope will visit Philadelphia in 2015 for World Meeting of Families

    07/25/2014 2:06:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 25, 2014 | Diogenes
    Archbishop Charles Chaput has disclosed the Pope Francis plans to attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia. Although the Vatican has not made an official announcement, the Pope "has told me he is coming," Archbishop Chaput said. He said that the Pontiff would be in Philadelphia for the final 3 days of the meeting, September 25-27. (As a rule, the Vatican does not formally confirm papal trips until a few weeks before they take place.) The archbishop also announced that Pope St. John Paul II and St. Gianna Molla are the patron saints of...
  • Reason # 5,289 To Boycott The CCHD Collection - Say #no2cchd

    07/24/2014 10:12:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    restore-dc-catholicism ^ | July 24, 2014
    Aleteia published a piece today by Steve Weatherbe entitled "Bishops React to Obama's Executive Order on Hiring Discrimination".  The article offers commentary on the USCCB's reaction of July 21 to Obama's action.  It's worth noting that one of the two authors is Archbishop Lori of Baltimore - who just applied for a federal grant to finance his aiding and abetting of illegal aliens. He too seems to see through the smoke and mirrors that the USCCB is throwing up in the wake of this order.  They know that the federal funding spigot is about to be closed.  He quotes...
  • What's so unique about Christianity ? CS Lewis answers

    07/23/2014 9:24:10 AM PDT · by xzins · 55 replies
    Grace Guy ^ | 1997 | Yancey
    During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods' appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C. S. Lewis wandered into the room. "What's the rumpus about?" he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity's unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, "Oh, that's easy. It's grace." After some discussion, the conferees had to agree....
  • One more Flipboard E-zine by yours truly: New #Christian Martyrs

    07/23/2014 5:44:20 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 5 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 July 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren: Peace be with you. I want to share with you one more e-zine project by yours truly: New Christian Martyrs. The hand-picked documents I'll put in here will document what Pope Francis has called "the new ecumenism of blood", that is, the blood shed by trinitarian Christians worldwide in imitation of Christ and for His sake. I will also the more subtle yet blatant persecution that Christians are suffering in developed countries, particularly in the U.S. The magazine is better appreciated when you subscribe to it via the Flipboard app for either your Apple or Android device. Also, you...
  • Is the “Missio ad Gentes” Still a Priority for Pope Francis’ Church?

    07/22/2014 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    That Pope Francis is very attentive to the dialogue with non-believers is clear from his most recent conversation with Eugenio Scalfari, the founder of the Italian leftist newspaper “La Repubblica”. Scalfari, a self-proclaimed atheist, who even wrote a book entitled “Me and God”, on his being a non-believer. The conversation published by “La Repubblica” on July 16 – which was partly downplayed and its content clarified by Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office – also showed that what the secular press think about him is very close to Pope Francis’ heart. This is ultimately the original...
  • After four decades, Rochester eliminates lay preaching at Mass

    07/21/2014 11:50:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 20, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’m frankly surprised that this has been going on for so long.Details: For the better part of 40 years in churches across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, clergy ceded the floor to laypeople for the delivery of the homily — the sermon that follows the reading of the Gospel at Mass.The practice, which dated to the mid-1970s and was simultaneously derided by the faithful for running afoul of church law and praised for its inclusiveness, has come to an end.In an extensive interview, Bishop Salvatore Matano said he has been confronting the issue on a case-by-case basis since his...
  • Harboring the Harborless: A Tradition Both Ennobling and Bedeviling (Catholics and Illegals)

    07/21/2014 7:47:05 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Shea
    One of the most exasperating bits of exegetical trendiness to afflict first-world Catholics for the past 30 years or so has been the endless recirculation, like a bad penny, of the “True Meaning of the Miracles of the Loaves and Fishes” homily. It goes like this: Jesus found himself in the wilderness with a crowd of 5,000 people who were two millennia less smart than we suburban Americans. When people started getting hungry, Jesus took five loaves and two fishes and gave them to a couple of people around him. Suddenly, inspired by a wave of warm fuzziness emanating from...
  • Imams Rage as Christ Wins Muslim Converts

    07/20/2014 7:51:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 35 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 20, 2014 | JP
    Naeem Fazal was born and raised in the deserts of Kuwait. He is the son of Pakistani parents who grounded him and his siblings in Islam. Naeem moved to the United States after the first Gulf War, following his older brother Mahmoud, who had previously enrolled in Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. While attending the college, Mahmoud found the Lord. And on a visit to Kuwait to see his family he announced he had converted to Christianity. Naeem was furious with his brother, cursing him for renouncing the Islamic faith they grew up with. He even went so far...
  • Francis Speaks, Scalfari Transcribes, Brandmüller Shreds

    07/19/2014 10:17:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 7/19/14 | Sandro Magister
    As a Church historian, the German cardinal refutes the notion according to which clerical celibacy was an invention of the 10th century. No, he objects: its origin is with Jesus and the apostles. And he explains why ROME, July 19, 2014 – “Perhaps you do not know that celibacy was established in the 10th century, 900 years after the death of our Lord. The Eastern Catholic Church even now has the option for its priests to marry. The problem certainly exists, but it is not large in scope. It will take time, but the solutions are there and I will...
  • Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

    07/18/2014 2:09:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Gaza City, Jul 18, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has stressed that the agency still aims to advance peace in the region. “This conflict has dimmed the prospects for peace among Israelis and Palestinians, but as a Catholic organization, we are called to be peacemakers,” Liz O’Neill, Catholic Relief Services’ communications officer for the Middle East region, told CNA July 17. “We continually advocate for our leaders in Washington to take concrete steps to promote a peaceful resolution to the...
  • Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

    07/18/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Palestinian soldier stands guard during Pope Francis' May 25, 2014 Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace. “Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas,” a July 18 statement from the Vatican read. During the calls,...
  • Religious nun has divine inspiration

    07/17/2014 8:17:49 AM PDT · by Mercat · 16 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Unknown | Catholic New Service
    I spent last weekend learning about Sacred Art. Got this in an email from one of the wonderful people I met there.
  • Megachurch pastor: Denominations that allow gay ‘marriage’ are ‘Satan’s church’

    07/16/2014 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s recent decision to celebrate same-sex “marriages,” celebrity pastor John MacArthur of “Grace to You” has come out with some strong statements condemning “false churches” that abandon Biblical teachings against homosexual behavior. “They have no allegiance to the Bible,” MacArthur told The Blaze online news service. “You go back to every one of those seminaries … for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satan’s church.” While it seems clear MacArthur was implying that self-professed Christians who accept...
  • Portland to host Northwest's first Maronite ordination

    07/16/2014 11:52:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Sentinel ^ | July 15, 2014 | Ed Langlois
    Catholic News Service photo Bishop Elias Zaidan visits Portland the weekend of July 19-20. Catholic Sentinel photo by Ed Langlois Abouna Jonathan Decker and Monk Anthony Joseph Alles at the Maronite monastery in Beaverton in 2011. Ed LangloisOf the Catholic Sentinel The variety of Catholic tradition and the plight of Christians in the Middle East will be at the forefront this weekend in Portland. The leader of Maronite Catholics in the western U.S. is visiting to ordain a Portland monk on the path to priesthood. Bishop Elias Zaidan of the St. Louis-based Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon...
  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...
  • (Cloistered) Sisters fill their convent to the seams

    07/15/2014 1:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    OSV ^ | July 15, 2014 | Thomas L. McDonald
    Along with Mass and adoration, the Dominican sisters at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, N.J., gather for prayer seven times a day. Courtesy photo Within the walls of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, rows of simple crosses mark the graves of sisters who have gone before. It’s a potent symbol of life in the monastery, where women enter cloistered life intending never to leave, even in death.These Dominican nuns have been in this place of peace for almost 100 years, sustaining the Church every day through their prayer...
  • Knights of Columbus pledge $1.4 million for Special Olympics

    07/15/2014 3:59:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | July 15, 2014
    Supreme Knight Carl Anderson makes an announcement at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum July 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Knights of Columbus. Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 15, 2014 / 02:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus have pledged $1.4 million for next year’s Special Olympics World Games, helping to cover participating athletes’ expenses for the Los Angeles event. “Our support exemplifies our commitment to the dignity of every person, our dedication to assisting with our neighbors’ needs whatever they may be, and our deep appreciation for the great work done by Special Olympics,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said in...
  • Evangelical Organization to Support Hundreds of Immigrant Children

    07/14/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    The National Latino Evangelical Coalition will be working with faith-based organizations across the country to open up 600 beds to Central American children who have crossed into the country without their parents. President of the NaLEC Gabe Salguero explained that over a period of 18 months, starting in August, churches and camps will likely receive thousands of children — the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — while they are waiting to be placed with their parents who are already in the United States or family members in the countries they are from. "We have 15...
  • Protestants: It's time to come back

    07/14/2014 9:20:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 646 replies
    http://littlecatholicbubble.blogspot.com ^ | September 9, 2011 | Leila Miller
    To my Protestant brothers and sisters: It's time to come back to Mother Church. We want you, we need you, we love you. I've spent a lot of time in dialogue with activist atheists recently, and the direction we are going is not pretty. We are witnessing a rapid cultural decline into amorality. Satan seeks the ruin of souls through the destruction of marriage and family, and the quickest route to his goal is the profanation of sex. The truth and meaning of human sexuality is our era's cultural fault line, and unfortunately, Protestant denominations have been tumbling into its...
  • Church of England set to vote on women bishops

    07/14/2014 7:04:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 14, 2014 6:38 AM EDT
    The Church of England is set to vote on whether women should be allowed to enter its top ranks as bishops. […] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby told the BBC that he hopes the vote will go through, saying “the votes, I think, are there.” …
  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 331 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • The Ugliest Churches In The World

    07/12/2014 2:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 11, 2014 | JOHN WHITE
    A little something for the weekend.Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest churches in the world. They represent several denominations, but the vast majority are – you guessed it – Roman Catholic.Below are just a few of these architectural miscarriages, all of them Catholic. See the rest here.       
  • Pope Francis “Doesn’t Want to Convert Evangelicals”?

    07/11/2014 7:14:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Patheos ^ | 7/11/14 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope wants to go to the Evangelical church and apologize for all the times Catholics have been nasty to Protestants. That is, of course, very wonderful and we will be waiting not only for them to graciously accept the apology, but to offer their own in return. I’m reminded...
  • The New Pentecost

    07/11/2014 4:03:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | July 9, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    While I’m reasonably certain that most readers of this space remember the big dust-up that ensued when Pope Francis said in his interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, “Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense,” please allow me to offer a painful recap. Traditionalists (otherwise known as Catholics) immediately bristled at these words of the pope, seeing in them a rejection of the mission that Christ gave to his Church. So-called “conservative” Catholic media types, by contrast, leapt into damage control mode. Their first response was to call into question the accuracy of the text, but Fr. Federico Lombardi...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church’s pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...
  • Obama Administration’s Border-Crisis Plan B: Use the Catholic Church

    07/11/2014 4:42:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    NRO ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    "In order to avoid future clashes with the citizens of Murrieta, Calif., over attempts to transfer illegal immigrants there, the Obama administration has turned to an unusual bedfellow: the Catholic Church. Deacon Luis Sanchez of the Diocese of San Bernardino tells National Review Online that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent approached the diocese on July 2, 2014, and “expressed his desire for the Church to help in helping these families reach their destination.” Since that time, he says, diocesan officials have spoken on the phone with ICE, and they held a planning meeting on Monday. John Andrews, the diocese’s...
  • Vatican plans reforms for media operations

    07/10/2014 3:01:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 10, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Vatican has announced plans for a thorough review of media operations, designed to streamline the Vatican’s systems of public communications, improve coordination among different media offices, and exploit opportunities offered by new social media. At a July 9 press conference Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, announced that Lord Christopher Patten, a veteran British politician, would chair an expert committee studying the Vatican’s media efforts. The committee will be asked to submit a plan for reform of the Vatican’s public communications. The Vatican’s public communications are currently divided among several different offices: the Vatican...
  • A Prophecy: The Vocations Crisis is Over

    07/10/2014 1:40:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 9, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the times and circumstances and know the past so they can therefore predict the future.So here is my prediction: the vocations crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States is over.Here’s why: Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving...
  • Church of England Women Bishops: Archbishops Will Overrule Synod

    07/10/2014 8:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/9/14 | Andrew Brown
    The archbishop of Canterbury plans to force legislation through if the General Synod does not accept female bishopsThe archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is preparing to drive through legislation to allow women bishops even if it is rejected by the church's governing body, the General Synod. The synod is poised to vote again on the vexed plan next week but senior sources have told the Guardian that should the move be blocked again, there are now options being considered to force the change on the church. Options under consideration include an immediate dissolution of the synod so that fresh elections...
  • Book by transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden explains why God doesn’t hate you

    07/08/2014 11:57:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    London Community News ^ | 8 July 2014 | Sean Meyer
    As the world’s first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden, Tia Michelle Pesando has many reasons for wanting to prove Why God Doesn’t Hate You, which is also the name of her new book. The 35-year-old London resident says the extensive research she did while writing her book shows God’s love for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. “From a theological perspective, I think I have a solid argument,” Pesando said. “People are leaving the church because they feel the God of love has betrayed them, and betrayal is one of the worst feelings you can imagine. So I...
  • Catholic church booming in GA as thousands attend St. Joseph’s and its two new missions

    07/08/2014 2:33:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | July 5, 2014 | Tim Omarzu
    Father Paul Williams leads Wednesday Mass at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Dalton. Photo by John Rawlston. DALTON, Ga. — Two separate car dealerships failed at a concrete-and-glass showroom built in 2001 in Chatsworth, Ga. Then Dalton’s St. Joseph’s Catholic Church bought the 22,000-square-foot building on U.S. Highway 76 in 2012 to establish a mission in Murray County, which had no Catholic church. “It had 600 people the very first day, which kind of got me in trouble with the fire marshal,” said the Rev. Paul Williams, the pastor who leads St. Joseph’s. “It’s full every Sunday.” When it...
  • Pope Francis Names New Bishop To Fall River (MA) Diocese

    07/06/2014 3:19:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 3, 2014
    VATICAN CITY, July 3 (CNA/EWTN News) .- It was announced by the Vatican earlier today that Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary for Newark, N.J., to lead the diocese of Fall River, Mass. "Today, with a mixture of great joy and sadness, I congratulate Bishop Edgar da Cunha on his appointment as Bishop of Fall River," Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said in a July 3 statement. "I am confident that the priests, religious and laity of the diocese of Fall River will quickly come to appreciate his many gifts as he undertakes his...
  • Daily Gospel Readings for the Catholic Churches: Latin, Maronite, Byzantine and Extraordinary Form

    07/06/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    DailyGospel ^ | July 6, 2014
    "Daily Gospel" is a service provided by the international association Evangelizo. Evangelizo's mission is to spread the voice of the Gospel in all languages throughout the world via the Internet and to develop the technical means to this end. Evangelizo is a team of more than 70 secular and clerical Catholics, formed of priests, monks and nuns from various communities, congregations or spiritual sensitivities such as Jesuits, Redemptorists, Benedictines, Carmelites, Cistercians, the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, the Emmanuel Community and Focolari. The Daily Gospel is delivered in 10 languages to more than 500,000 by means of the internet and email,...
  • Woman appointed rector of a Pontifical University for the first time ever

    07/05/2014 9:56:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    The Vatican has nominated Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone as head of the Pontifical University Antonianum. She spoke about theology of women and explained why gender quotas in the Church are not needed Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican cityShe was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is Pope, she is the first woman to...
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • The Patriarchs of Antioch call for an end to the Lebanese crisis

    07/03/2014 11:30:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    (©REUTERS) CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST All six patriarchs – the Catholics, Orthodox and Syrians – hold a historic meeting, returning in spirit to Antioch, the early centre of Christianity: “Christians must stay united in trying times” giorgio bernardelli Together, united by the spirit of the Church of Antioch, where - according to the Acts of the Apostles - Jesus’ followers were called Christians for the first time. Six bishops and patriarchs who whilst representing different denominations hold the spirit of the ancient patriarchal see of Antioch alive, met at the University of Balamand in Lebanon in recent days, to...
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 3 July A.D. 2014 | Fr. George Kevorkian
    A Message from Metropolitan Joseph Venerable Hierarchs, Brother Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees: Christ is in our Midst! It is with joy that we confirm the election of Archbishop Joseph by the Holy Synod of Antioch to be the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of New York and all North America. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph asked me to convey to all of you his love and prayers. He said that he stands ready to lead this Archdiocese with the support and assistance from each and every one of you, and looks forward to working together for the...
  • Wis. Diocese Clarifies Stance on Baptizing Same-Sex Couples' Babies

    07/03/2014 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Madison, Wis., Jul 2, 2014 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of “speculative” or “scurrilous” news reports on the subject. In a June 27 statement, the diocese reproduced vicar general Monsignor James Bartylla's May 10 confidential e-mail to priests, which noted that each request for baptism for a child being raised by a same-sex couple “must be evaluated individually.” Priests who receive such requests should contact him to consult and coordinate, Msgr. Bartylla said. “As you know, there...
  • Again, Rembert Weakland's Plans to Retire Out East Fall Through

    07/03/2014 5:47:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/1/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who had hoped to return to the Benedictine monastery where he began his religious life more than 70 years ago, will not be going after all. Weakland, 87, had planned to move from Milwaukee to St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa., by Sept. 1. But the retired prelate told Milwaukee's Catholic Herald that the archabbot there asked him to postpone those plans indefinitely. "Personally, I wanted to get back to the monastery and get back to the monastic routine," Weakland said in a story published on the Herald's Web site on Tuesday. "It's always been...
  • Pope Francis, in Newspaper Interview, Laments ‘Moral Decay’ of Society

    07/01/2014 6:07:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    In an interview with Franca Giansoldati of the Roman newspaper Il Messaggero, Pope Francis decried society’s moral decay. Among the highlights of the interview, which was published on June 29: * “For us [who came of age after the Second Vatican Council], the great light was Paul VI. For me, Evangelii Nuntiandi [Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation on evangelization] remains a pastoral document never surpassed.” * our “epoch of change” is one of “moral decay,” manifested in the worldwide phenomenon of corruption and the sexual exploitation of the young, at times by people who are old enough to be their grandparents...
  • Pope selects Michigan priest to become bishop

    07/01/2014 5:00:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | June 30, 2014
    Lansing, Mich., Jun 30, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Steven J. Raica of the Diocese of Lansing to become the next bishop of Gaylord, Mich. “In these days, as I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” Bishop-designate Raica said June 27. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and...
  • Army chaplain thankful for ‘blessed life’

    06/30/2014 3:54:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Aiken (SC) Standard ^ | 6/30/2014 | Dede Biles
    Capt. James D. Murray IV told the congregation of Grace Church of Aiken on Sunday evening that he leads a “blessed life” helping people with “so many needs” as an Army chaplain. Murray is based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He and his wife, Ashley, and their two children, 5-year-old Margo and infant JD, live in a house on the base. “We can hear cannons and machine gunfire from our home,” Murray said. Murray is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, whose members are known as the Iron Rakkasans. He previously was in an aviation unit, and...